What medium should I use when isolating exosomes using ultracentrifugation and a density gradient?

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For best results, most researchers use sucrose or another metabolically inert medium such as iodixanol, which is non-ionic and non-toxic to cells. Unlike sucrose, iodixanol is less viscous, and is capable of forming iso-osmotic solutions at all densities, thereby better preserving the size of the vesicles in the gradient.1 This medium is currently available under the brand name OptiPrep™, a sterile, endotoxin-tested solution of 60% iodixanol in water with a density of 1.32 g/mL. The high density of OptiPrep™ facilitates the fractionation of cells by flotation from a dense load zone through either a continuous or discontinuous gradient, or through a simple density barrier.

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